1963 Ryder Cup
|Dates||October 11–13, 1963|
|Venue||Atlanta Athletic Club|
|United States wins the Ryder Cup|
The 15th Ryder Cup Matches were held October 11–13, 1963 at the Atlanta Athletic Club, at the site now known as East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia. The United States team won the competition by a score of 23 to 9 points. The U.S. did not lose a single match in the afternoon sessions.
The Ryder Cup is a match play event, with each match worth one point. The competition format changed in 1963, with the addition of four-ball (better ball) matches on a third day of play. The schedule of play was as follows:
- Day 1 (Friday) — 8 foursomes (alternate shot) matches, 4 each in morning and afternoon sessions
- Day 2 (Saturday) — 8 four-ball (better ball) matches, 4 each in morning and afternoon sessions
- Day 3 (Sunday) — 16 singles matches, 8 each in morning and afternoon sessions
With a total of 32 points, 16½ points were required to win the Cup. All matches were played to a maximum of 18 holes.
In his second Ryder Cup, Arnold Palmer was the last playing captain in the competition. He was 3–1 in pairs and 1–1 in singles.
Despite having won his third major title as a professional at the PGA Championship in July, 23-year-old Jack Nicklaus was not a member of the U.S. team. Eligibility rules set by the PGA prevented him from participating in the Ryder Cup until 1969. He competed as a player through 1981, missing only the 1979 edition, and was the non-playing captain of the U.S. team in 1983 and 1987.
|Arnold Palmer – captain||34||1||4||3–0–1||87.50|
The British team was determined using a points system, points being earned in 9 stroke-play events during the 1963 season. Winners of the 1963 Open Championship and News of the World Match Play received automatic places. The first qualifying event was the Schweppes PGA Close Championship in early April with the Senior Service Tournament in September being the final one. Dave Thomas won the News of the World Match Play but, since he finished 9th in the points list, the team was filled with the leading 10 players in the points list: Coles, Bernard Hunt, Huggett, Alliss, Haliburton, O'Connor, Weetman, Will, Thomas and Geoff Hunt.
|Team Great Britain|
|John Fallon||50||Non-playing captain|
|Christy O'Connor Snr||38||4||9||3–5–1||38.89|
|Huggett/Will||3 & 2||Palmer/Pott|
|Thomas/Weetman||4 & 3||Maxwell/Goalby|
|Huggett/Will||5 & 4||Palmer/Casper|
|Coles/G. Hunt||2 & 1||Littler/Finsterwald|
|Haliburton/B. Hunt||1 up||Boros/Lema|
|Huggett/Thomas||5 & 4||Palmer/Finsterwald|
|Weetman/Will||3 & 2||Casper/Maxwell|
|Coles/O'Connor||3 & 2||Palmer/Finsterwald|
|Alliss/B. Hunt||1 up||Lema/Pott|
|Haliburton/G. Hunt||2 & 1||Casper/Maxwell|
|Geoffrey Hunt||5 & 3||Tony Lema|
|Brian Huggett||3 & 1||Johnny Pott|
|Peter Alliss||1 up||Arnold Palmer|
|Neil Coles||halved||Billy Casper|
|Dave Thomas||3 & 2||Bob Goalby|
|Christy O'Connor||1 up||Gene Littler|
|Harry Weetman||1 up||Julius Boros|
|Bernard Hunt||2 up||Dow Finsterwald|
|George Will||3 & 2||Arnold Palmer|
|Neil Coles||2 & 1||Dave Ragan|
|Peter Alliss||halved||Tony Lema|
|Tom Haliburton||6 & 5||Gene Littler|
|Harry Weetman||2 & 1||Julius Boros|
|Christy O'Connor||2 & 1||Billy Maxwell|
|Dave Thomas||4 & 3||Dow Finsterwald|
|Bernard Hunt||2 & 1||Bob Goalby|
Individual player records
Each entry refers to the Win–Loss–Half record of the player.
- The AAC sold its Atlanta property in 1966 to finance its move to what is now Johns Creek. In 1968, East Lake Country Club was formed and purchased the former AAC site; the club later changed its name to its current form.
- "Yanks rout British in Ryder golf, 23-9". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. October 13, 1963. p. 31.
- Wright, Alfred (October 21, 1963). "The British went out in the noonday sun". Sports Illustrated. p. 53.
- "Ryder Cup won again by U.S. team". Eugene Register-Guard. UPI. October 14, 1963. p. 3B.
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- "Media Guide: 1969 Ryder Cup". PGA of America. Retrieved September 26, 2012.
- "Points system". The Times. 12 December 1962. p. 4.
- "Brothers in". The Glasgow Herald. 23 September 1963. p. 10.
- "Ryder Cup 2006 » History » 1963 Results". The PGA of America. Retrieved March 15, 2007.